Midnight Writing Society giving tween authors an introduction to writing

Pen and paperNorman Public Library Central is building young authors through its new Midnight Writing Society, which will meet at 3 p.m. on Monday afternoons (except for one Tuesday), beginning March 19 and running through April 30, at various sites around Norman.

Ages 8 to 12 are invited to attend the group, which will have the goal of unlocking creativity and bringing basic beginning writing skills to participants.

Topics, dates and locations for the series are:

Monday, March 19Write the Story Scavenger Hunt, at Norman Central

Monday, March 26Time Travel with Historical Fiction, at the Moore-Lindsay Historic House Museum, 508 N. Peters Ave.

Tuesday, April 3Story Art, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave.

Monday, April 9Poetry Slam! At Norman Public Library West, 300 Norman Center Court

Monday, April 16 – It’s a Mystery (details TBA)

Monday, April 23Editing Workshop: Putting Your Stories Together, at Norman Central’s Computer Training Center

Monday, April 30Celebrate Writing! Wrap-up and Share, at Norman Central

Registration is required in advance. Children will need their own transportation to locations and parents or guardians will need to stay on site for the duration of the day’s program.

Great Decisions series brings range of discussion topics

FPA logoNorman Public Library Central again this year will host the Great Decisions discussion series, with talks set for 6:30 p.m. on each Tuesday evening during April.

Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions is a series of lectures and discussions about world affairs. Participants are invited to read a briefing book available from the library, watch DVD presentations and meet in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

The library will host distinguished speakers from local universities to guide the group through each of the topic discussions.

Topics and speakers for the series are:

April 3“Media and Foreign Policy,” presented by Dr. Katerina Tsetura;

April 10 – “Russia’s Foreign Policy,” presented by Dr. Melissa Stockdale;

April 17“Turkey: A Partner in Crisis,” presented by Dr. Firat Demir;

April 24“China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation,” presented by Dr. Paul Bell;

Either teens or adults may attend, and registration in advance is not required.


Celebrate National Poetry Month with annual contest

Poetry writingNorman Public Library Central is calling all poets for its 22nd Annual Poetry Contest, a part of the library’s celebration of National Poetry Month.

Entry forms will be made available beginning March 19 and are due back April 17. Middle school or high school students, or adults are invited to enter.

The contest wraps up with the library’s 22nd Annual Poetry Celebration, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the library’s Lowry Room.  Winners will be announced, and entrants are welcome to read one of their poems if they choose at the event.

National Poetry Month is scheduled yearly during April as an initiative to celebrate writing, poets and poetry in general.

Boost your financial picture with help of events

Dollar billsNorman Public Library Central is helping clear up community members’ financial futures in a pair of upcoming programs at the library.

See Your Score Soar! at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, looks at ways for improving credit scores building credit. Shana Lewis, Community Outreach Specialist with True Sky Credit Union, will lead the program.

Participants will have a chance to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a True Sky representative following the meeting and receive a $25 gas card.

Also on the subject the next day is the workshop Using Credit Cards, at noon Thursday, April 26. It’s a chance to learn how to compare credit card offers and terms, read credit card statements and get information on paying down credit card debt quickly.

Lindsey Edelmann of First United Bank will lead the program, which is co-hosted by the Financial Alliance of Norman. Lunch will be provided.

Registration is required in advance for either of the workshops.

Be a literacy tutor, help change a life

Student and teacherThe Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services Department will host a tutor training for prospective volunteer tutors from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Norman Public Library Central.

This training is specifically designed for volunteers who want to work with learners of English as Second Language in Cleveland County. Registration may be completed through the Cleveland County Literacy Office at 405-701-2682.

The library provides free one-on-one tutoring for adult learners, both for ESL students and also for native speakers of English who need help with their reading. Services are offered by county, with tutors and students meeting at one of the system’s hometown libraries.

Each prospective tutor must take part in one training before being placed with a student they will work one-on-one with on literacy skills. Tutors must be age 18 or older and be high school graduates. Tutors will receive information at the tutoring session as well as a plan to follow as they work with their students.